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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Rally trial day one of two- Bahia Kennel Club

KIKO ROCKS! With a perfect score of 100 and a first place. 
I was very pleased. My friend filmed for me but instead of recording during, she had the camera on standby by mistake! I thought that was hilarious.  I was horrified today about how cruelly the other owners treat their dogs. One mans dog ran away from him in the ring, and ran right out of the ring. Someone caught it and when he got it back he basically  beat the crap out of it, and I started to yell "hey! What are you doing?' while the judges looked the other way, when some friend of his pulled him away. That is a great way to teach your dog to never come to you when he runs away.  Another man grabbed the hair on the top of his dogs skull and yanked it before entering the ring while the dog was doing nothing wrong, I suppose like an 'or else' and of course, the dog didn't listen and they didn't qualify.  Someone consoled him afterwards saying "Don't give up!" and I was thinking 'Oh no! Don't say that!'  There were so many dogs there that looked like their one wish in life was to get as far away from their owner as possible and especially NOT do rally with them.  I felt proud of my little Kiko, who did all these silly exercises for me, not because I MADE her, not because she wanted to please me, but because she ENJOYS doing them and playing our games.  She was the only dog in Rally Novice A who ENJOYED being in that ring (there were two other clicker trainers in the higher levels, who you could see the dogs were dancing through it like Keeks). 
Tomorrow we do our 3rd Leg. Fingers crossed, but who needs luck? And who cares if she chooses not to do anything? She will still want to come home with ME at the end of the day! :)
Happy training to all! 


Val said...

Awesome! Such an amazing little girl.

I always find it sad to be at trials... I hate watching some of the interactions there. There are so many side little threats that people throw out there for their dogs, or punishments for failure... what's a ribbon worth? Not my friendship with my dog. And yet, it astounds me how many other people think differently.

I'm so glad Kiko had a good time and way happy to the silly stuff just to be with you and because, gasp, she actually enjoys it too. ^_^ Great job, you two!

Maja Rokavec said...


Have fun with your dogs!